THE CENTRE has set a deadline of June 2017 to completely seal the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam to check the influx of illegal Bangladeshi migrants, one of the key issues on which the BJP won the state Assembly polls.
An Additional Director General of the BSF and Additional Director General (Border), CPWD are already undertaking a site visit to the Indo-Bangladesh Border in Assam to prepare a comprehensive plan for sealing the border by means of physical and non-physical barriers, the Union Home Ministry said.
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On Thursday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS, Home, Kiren Rijiju reviewed border management at a meeting which was attended by Secretary (Border Management) Susheel Kumar along with senior officials of the Department of Border Management.
Singh directed that the entire Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam should be sealed. For this, it was decided that 100 locations covering 11.9 km will have physical barriers in the form of fencing, and 22 locations covering 48.8 km of riverine areas will have non-physical barriers including technological barriers.
“This would completely seal the border and will be achieved by June 2017,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said.